Muhammad Ali died Friday evening in a Scottsdale Hospital. The boxing legend passed away from respiratory problems with his family gathered by his side. Ali, who battled Parkinson's Disease for the last 32 years, is survived by his fourth wife, Lonnie, and nine children.
During his boxing days, Ali was the first man to win three heavyweight titles, and finished with a record of 56-5 with 37 knockouts.
Statement By Senator John Mccain On Passing Of Muhammad Ali
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today on the passing of boxing legend Muhammad Ali:
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Muhammad Ali, three time heavy-weight champion and American boxing legend. Professional boxing is a sport that can offer considerable rewards to athletes of uncommon strength, skill, and determination – and Muhammad Ali was simply ‘The Greatest’ of them all.
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“He was a friend and a long-time hero of mine for his trademark dedication and fearlessness both in and out of the ring. In addition to being the legendary fighter, Ali was a trailblazer in reforming the sport he loved. It was Ali who inspired my work to improve the sport of boxing for fans and fighters alike, first with the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act and most recently supporting research on fighter brain health and safety. Ali's advocacy made it possible for a new generation of boxers to be free from the mistreatment and coercion that he and many others faced.
“Cindy and my sincere condolences are with his wife Lonnie and the entire Ali family. Today we lost an incredible man whose passion for the sport, for fairness and for life was to the great benefit of us all.”
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